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2020-21 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Teemu Pukki (8', 20', 61' PEN)
  • Emiliano Buendía (24')
  • Todd Cantwell (29')
  • Kieran Dowell (42')
  • Jordan Hugill (78')

Norwich close in on promotion with 7-0 rout of Huddersfield

Norwich City moved within striking distance of promotion back to the Premier League after one season when they thrashed woeful Huddersfield Town 7-0 helped by a Teemu Pukki hat-trick to move eight points clear at the top of the Championship on Tuesday.

The Canaries are now within five points of guaranteeing an immediate return to the top flight after Finland striker Pukki's superb display was supported by goals from Emiliano Buendia, Todd Cantwell, Kieran Dowell and substitute Jordan Hugill.

Norwich have 87 points from 40 games ahead of Watford on 79 and third-placed Brentford with 70 from 39 after the west London side were held to a 0-0 draw by visiting Birmingham City.

After back-to-back draws, Norwich got on the winning trail again as they stretched their unbeaten run to 12 matches with their biggest victory in almost four years.

They got off to a blistering start and were 4-0 up before the half-hour mark after Pukki struck two early goals before Buendia and Cantwell effectively ended the contest.

Dowell made it five before halftime and Pukki completed his treble with a penalty just past the hour before Hugill, a late replacement for the Finn, scored with his first touch.

The Canaries came bottom of the Premier League last term but if results go their way they could clinch promotion at Derby County on Saturday when Brentford travel to Preston North End.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Fulham 27 +48 57
2 AFC Bournemouth 27 +19 49
3 Blackburn Rovers 27 +14 49
4 Queens Park Rangers 26 +9 47
5 West Bromwich Albion 27 +14 45
6 Huddersfield Town 28 +4 44
7 Middlesbrough 26 +6 42
8 Nottingham Forest 27 +6 40
9 Stoke City 26 +4 38
10 Coventry City 25 +4 37
11 Sheffield United 25 +1 36
12 Blackpool 27 -4 36
13 Luton Town 25 +5 35
14 Millwall 26 -2 33
15 Preston North End 26 -4 33
16 Bristol City 27 -12 33
17 Swansea City 24 -4 31
18 Birmingham City 27 -12 31
19 Hull City 27 -8 29
20 Cardiff City 26 -19 23
21 Reading 27 -18 22
22 Peterborough United 25 -30 19
23 Derby County 27 0 14
24 Barnsley 25 -21 14